RAINY SEASON

The rainy season is upon us.(May – October) I am not really sure when it is supposed to start but I am sure it started early. We saw the first rains back in April. The week before Songkran. Now it’s June and the rains are most definitely here. Don’t be fooled though, it’s still really hot and very stick indeed.

I have spent most of my time in the house. It has become so humid.Taking the dogs for a walk is a flannel in your pocket job. The sweat streams from my face and neck. I hate it when it goes into your eyes. Plenty of mosquito repellent on your exposed skin too.

Even if you holiday here in the rainy season it’s not going to rain all the time but be aware if you get caught in a down pour you will be well and truly soaked through to the skin. One consolation – you won’t be cold!!!!

Yesterday mornings dog walk was a perfect example. I started off the walk with a few drops of rain and even when it became a little heavier I didn’t mind because the rain was cool on my hot skin. Then the heavens opened and I couldn’t even see  to carry on walking, it was raining so hard. Needless to say Wow had a good laugh when I appeared at the door looking like a drowned rat. Although I can’t speak Thai and she can’t speak English, she knew what I meant when I asked for her to bring me a towel to the door. There was no way I could have gone inside the house, dripping as I was.

Then as quickly as it started, it stopped and the sun came out.

Sometimes I see the wind getting up and the fronds of the palm trees come crashing to the ground, together with the occasional coconut. Then I know it is time to grab the glass lanterns from outside and drag them indoors before they fall over.

Last week the big yukka plants on the terrace blew over and one of the pots smashed. So we have left them surrounded by the chairs off the terrace to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Goodness knows what would have happened if one of the dogs or cat has been underneath!!!! I hate to think about it. Especially as Molly always runs out onto the garden when the thunder starts. Barking her head off. I don’t know if she is barking  because she thinks she is warding something off or if she is barking because she is frightened but it sure makes things worse for Tess who is really terrified. I do worry that one of the coconuts will come down and hit her on the head. Then that will be the end of her. They really do come down with such a thump.

People tell me that snakes come out of their hiding places when the heavy rains come. Well, lets hope they have not hidden in our garden then!!!! I do worry when I am out dog walking. They all love to have a sniff in the grass but if there is any long grass I have to pull them away just in case there are any snakes about.

David who used to live here told OH about the day he was busy by the pump house when there was a movement in the plants beside him!!!! – a King Cobra raised it’s head. Luckily it moved away and David managed to get away without coming to any harm!!!!!

There is always a lot of debris to pick up around the garden when its been raining and windy. Oh and I hate all that thunder and lightening too.

DOG BITES

Well, he didn’t mean to bite me I am sure. Any dog bite whether it’s from your own dog or a stray means you get yourself to the hospital/clinic double quick for your rabies vaccine. Of course my tetanus had run out too so that had to be done at the same time.

The rabies shots are not going into your stomach as rumours suggest. A quick jab in the arm and I didn’t feel a thing. It is a course of 5 injections. The 2nd one didn’t hurt a few days later but oh boy did she hurt when she put the 3rd one in 4 days after that. I hope the other two go in without feeling them.

Wish I could say the same thing about the tetanus jab though!!!!! oooohhh, no wonder they asked if I wanted pain killers. I thought for goodness sake!!! It has taken 5 days for my arm not to hurt. Still is a little tender but even changing gears in the car hurt my arm. No thought of lying on your side to sleep either because my arm hurt so much.

All considered though I would rather have the injections that worry about rabies.

Then of course the hospital have to dress your wound. 5 puncture marks to the right hand. Really it was OK. Yes it was sore and swollen but oh, yes, they said, “Infection” yeh right!!!! so you pay for all the items used of course!!!! money, money, money.Antibiotics, pain killers !!!!! money money money

Always nice to finish off a visit to the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital with a lovely coffee from the coffee shop and a warm spinach and cheese pastry. mmmmmm……delicious.

I have written on the “Pets in Thailand”page all about what is going on with Jack the Soi pup now approximately 7 months.

 

 

Another week of vets visits and birthdays

Another week of vets visits, all details in full on the “Pets in Thailand – Jack’s diary page”.

I am walking them all twice a day and have bumped into the man who has over 70 dogs and over 10 cats. I think he said 77 dogs and 11 cats. I think the number often changes. Not just when people leave Pattaya and can not take their animals with them but also strays and injured animals. He said if I had problems with Jack, I knew where he lived. Well, I don’t actually but I am sure I could find it.

He feeds the strays beside us. I know its really good of him but having a pack of 4 strays right at the bottom of the garden means I can’t walk that way at all and they make a right racket at times. Hope they find somewhere else to go before they end up being pregnant and then we will have more dogs to deal with.

Jan and Wendy came for coffee this week so I quickly baked a cake. I have an old book from Beamish Museum in Durham that contains old fashioned recipes so I made the  “luscious lemon cake”. I have to say it was rather nice and Wendy and Jan took some home with them.

We were supposed to go to Julieanns on Friday but she is not ready for lunch yet with such a tiny baby. Turns out Jan came back from Mongolia with a cold and it’s now in full swing. I hope I don’t get it. The sad news is she is now definitely leaving to live in Mongolia for a year. She will be such a miss.

Joan came over yesterday and because OH is away I did a 3 course meal for lunch and we had a lovely afternoon. I made Jamie Oliver’s English onion soup with crusty bread with melted cheese. Followed by chicken stuffed with cream cheese, garlic and apricots. Then for pudding I did apple crumble in my teacups with saucer. Looked really nice and tasted good too. I had to use a tin of apples as I thought you could not get cooking apples here but Joan tells me you can get them at the Tops supermarket, Finished off with coffee. Ah, I was so tired. Not used to talking for so long I think.

Today it was walking and play time with the dogs, dog washing day and that means lots of sweating and 2 showers before 11am. The heavens opened this afternoon but it looks quite nice outside now. It’s just so humid at the moment. I can only manage about 5 minutes outside before I am covered in sweat.

Maybe time for a dip in the pool.

It was my mums birthday yesterday so we had a long chat on the phone. No hang on, we nearly always have a long chat on the phone. I also spoke to my daughter who turns 21 this next week. Gosh were has all the years gone. I am so proud of her. She is such a good girl and works very hard at college and at her part time job. I do hope she gets lots of presents.

She has been offered a part time job with the agency she had her work placement with over the last few months so that is really good news. She can continue her studies at the same time I think.

The only other thing to mention this week is that some neighbours have no consideration for noise and disturbing their neighbours. The other evening at around 5pm the music started from somewhere not so far away. Oh the noise, the whole house vibrated……. the thump thump thump of the music went on until nearly midnight, then it stopped. Only to start again just after 3.30am and continued until 7am. Why on earth would people want to play such loud music. I don’t know where it was coming from but obviously a live band. I had just got over a week of headaches only for it to return with the thump thump thumping noise!!!!! Some people have no consideration at all and their is no noise abatement over here and the police would not be interested!!!

I would have loved to have pulled the plug!!!!!